Monthly Archive: November 2008

Nov
17

Past, Present, and Future of Automation – Part 4 (APC and Wireless)

I think the future is advanced process control (APC). My definition of APC is any technology that puts process knowledge on the line online. Feedforward control is APC when the feedforward gain and dynamic compensation are based on process knowledge. On-demand and adaptive auto tuners, such as DeltaV Insight, are APC tools because these tuners …

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Nov
07

Past, Present, and Future of Automation – Part 3

In the early 1990s the chemical company I was at for decades decided the way to capture and put online process and control expertise was to get corporate licenses to the most powerful real time expert system available for real time process control applications. Some of the most experienced people at the plants developed applications …

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